Are you ready for some Bamboleo?
And you could win a pair of free tickets. For details, read on.
Formed all the way back in 1978, the Gipsy Kings sing in Spanish, although band members were actually born in southern France. The band name derives from the fact that they are gitano people, Spanish Romani known colloquially as Gypsies.
The Gipsy Kings play in a style known as rumba catalana. Based around energetic rhythms on acoustic guitars and multi-part vocal harmonies, their music has been described as a pop version of traditional Spanish flamenco. And, as anyone who has heard it can attest, it’s impossible not to dance to.
At first, the band played primarily at weddings and street festivals, traveling around the south of France. Their big break came with their first album, Gipsy Kings, which featured the instant hits Bamboleo and Djobi Djoba. Later, they would achieve wide recognition with their rumba version of the Italian classic Volare.
Thanks to their distinct, world music vibe, the Gipsy Kings have a large following both in Africa and the Middle East, as well as in Europe and North America. A younger generation of fans may know the group best from its iconic cover of Hotel California, which featured on the HBO series Entourage (as well as the movie The Big Lebowski).
The Gipsy Kings roll into Vancouver on Friday, July 26, at 8 p.m. for a one-night stand at the Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts (777 Homer St.). Tickets are available on the Ticketmaster website.
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I’ll draw one winner at random from all of the tweets and notify you by direct message (dm) by noon on Thursday, July 25.
Update, July 25: Congratulations to winner Jen A.!
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